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Dr. Steven Purcell, Department Head
     Phone: (540) 568-6793
     E-mail: purcelsl@jmu.edu
     Web site: http://coe.jmu.edu/deptofmid.html

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Professors
H. Frazier, B. Stern

Associate Professors
L. Lovin, L. Cavey

Assistant Professors
M. Cancienne-Acgtblu, E. Carbaugh, M. Cude, K. Doubet, J. Pease, D. Slykhuis, A. Wallace

Instructors
H. Almarode, D. Lane

Mission
The mission of the James Madison University professional education unit is to prepare caring, knowledgeable, skilled and reflective educators who believe that all students can learn and succeed. Our candidates and faculty are committed to lifelong learning and aspire to meet educational needs in a changing, pluralistic and democratic society. The personal and professional development of candidates is accomplished by emphasizing excellence and continuous innovation in quality undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

James Madison University's College of Education is distinguished through faculty and candidate achievements, academic rigor, excellence in teaching, candidate and faculty interactions and relationships, technological innovations, and national recognitions. The college maintains relevance through active and growing interactions with other colleges within the university and with local, state, regional, national and international communities.

The college is committed to providing:

The undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Virginia State Board of Education.

The basic philosophy of the college is reflected in the following goals:

Middle School Education
The faculty in middle education offers two separate masters degree programs. The Master of Art in Teaching (M.A.T) with a concentration in middle school education is a fifth-year continuation initial licensure program. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in middle school education is an advanced program designed for candidates who already possess a teaching license.

The M.Ed. program in middle education is not accepting new students at this time.

Master of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Middle School Education (6-8)

Admission Criteria
To be fully admitted to the M.A.T. degree program, candidates must have:

All candidates in the middle school education M.A.T. program must have an undergraduate major or the equivalent in interdisciplinary liberal studies (IDLS) from JMU. The IDLS program, with its expanded approach to the general education core, and its dual concentrations in English, social sciences, the natural sciences or mathematics, meets the licensure requirements for a two-subject endorsement for teachers licensed in middle school education.

Program Mission and Outcomes
The mission of the M.A.T. program in middle school education is to prepare highly qualified professionals for educational roles in middle schools through advanced course work and field experiences.

These school professionals will:

The Master of Arts in Teaching in middle school education is designed to lead to initial teacher licensure with endorsements in two content areas. The fifth-year format forms the last phase of the five-year teacher licensure programs. This format is designed to serve candidates who have completed the appropriate prerequisite requirements in an undergraduate education program at JMU. Candidates should check with their adviser frequently to be apprised of changes in the offerings and requirements listed that may affect them.

Master of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Middle School Education (6-8)

Degree Requirements

Second Year
Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education
3
   
Third Year
Credit Hours
EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society
3
MIED 311. Field Experience in Middle Education
2
READ 312. Reading and Writing across the Curriculum in the
3
     Middle Grades (EDUC 310, MIED 311, and READ 312 are
     corequisites for middle education pre-professional students)
MSSE 370. General Instructional Methods for Grades 6-12
3
MSSE 371. Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education
1
     (MSSE 370 and MSSE 371 are corequisites for middle
     education pre-professional students)
   
Fourth Year
Credit Hours
Students complete two of the courses below (3 credits each):
6
     MSSE 470E. Methods in English/Language Arts for the
     Middle School
     MSSE 470H. Methods in Social Studies for the Middle School
     MSSE 470S. Methods in Science for the Middle School
     MSSE 470M. Methods in Mathematics for the Middle School
MSSE 471. Field Experience in Middle Education
6
     Students complete this course twice in appropriate content
     areas (3 credits each)
READ 472. Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Content
3
     Areas for the Middle Grades
EXED 460. Differentiation of Instruction
3

 
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Graduate Course Requirements
Credit Hours
First Stage, Usually Summer Undergraduate Year
EDUC 540. Educational Technology
3
EXED 512. Classroom Management
3
MSSE 630. Inquiry in the Classroom
3
MIED 620. Assessment in Middle Education
3
   
Second Stage, Fall Semester of MAT Year
MSSE 650. Internship Seminar
3
MSSE 690. Internship in Middle and Secondary Education
8
   
Last Stage, Last Semester of MAT Program
MIED 610. Collaborative Leadership in School
3
MIED 656. Seminar in Middle Education
3
Approved Graduate Level Elective
3

 
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As an undergraduate, the candidate must first complete the 36 education credits along with the IDLS major. Then the candidate must apply and be admitted to the graduate school for the 6-8 M.A.T. Finally, the candidate must complete the 32 hours of graduate course work which includes student teaching and a final research project.

The Post-Baccalaureate Entry Option
This program is for candidates who hold a bachelor's and/or master's degree in an appropriate academic content area and wish to be licensed to teach in that area.

Additional Admission Criteria
Candidates admitted to this program of study are expected to have completed an arts and sciences undergraduate major from an accredited college or university with a 2.7 grade-point average or above (on a 4.0 scale). Candidates are required to provide transcript evidence that they have completed liberal studies and specialty area courses comparable in content and total hours to those expected of an undergraduate major. Candidates in the middle education program must have the requisite content coursework in two areas (mathematics, sciences, language arts, social science). Those applicants not having such course work will be required to complete any specifically required undergraduate-level general education and/or subject matter content courses under terms of provisional admission to graduate study as a degree-seeking candidate.

Candidates must also apply for and be admitted to teacher education at JMU. Candidates must initiate their application by contacting the JMU Education Support Center. Criteria for admission are described in the undergraduate catalog, available online at http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/. Candidates must also take the GREs and meet all requirements of admission to graduate school. Candidates must also submit passing Praxis II scores to the Education Support Center prior to enrolling in MAT graduate course work.

Master of Education with a Concentration in Middle School Education (4-8)

The M.Ed. program in middle education is not accepting students at this time.

Admission Criteria
All criteria are considered when reviewing the candidates for admission to this Master of Education degree program. No one criterion will be the sole reason for lack of admission to the program. Criteria include:

The Master of Education degree with a concentration in middle education is designed as advanced preparation for teachers working with fourth- through eighth-grade students. All applicants must have an initial teacher's license. This program helps candidates create an intellectual framework as the basis for implementing new curricular programs as well as evaluating current curricular programs in middle education. Through examination and analysis of current theory and research, as well as completing school-based research projects, candidates become equipped to better manage educational changes, actively collaborate with professional peers and perform in a manner based on current research and standards of expert professional practice.

Program Mission and Outcomes
The mission of the Master of Education degree with a middle education concentration is to prepare master teachers for roles in grades 4-8 school settings. These school professionals will possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to:

Master of Education with a Concentration in Middle School Education (4-8)

Degree Requirements

Courses
Credit Hours
EDUC 620. Changing Contexts of American Schools
3
EDUC 630. Inquiry in Education
3
EDUC 631. Seminar in Educational Inquiry1
1
EDUC 640. Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
5
MIED 610. Collaborative Leadership in Schools
3
MIED 620. Assessment in Middle Education
3
MIED 656. Seminar in Middle Education
3
Approved electives1
9

 
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1 Courses included as electives must be selected to develop the professional needs and interests of the candidate. Electives must be approved by the major adviser and selected from the graduate offerings of the university.

This program is designed to engage candidates in a sequence of courses that build upon theoretical bases in the areas of cognition, learning, development, teaching, assessment, collaboration and leadership. For the final project, consistent with prevailing literature and inquiry methods, the candidate conducts and presents the results of a field based research project directed toward a specific school-related issue.

Secondary Education

Admission Criteria
To be fully admitted to the secondary education M.A.T. degree program, candidates must have:

Secondary Education Graduate Programs
The Secondary Education program offers two different graduate degrees:
The Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in secondary education degree is designed to allow candidates to meet requirements for a license to teach students of grades 6-12 in the public schools of Virginia. Candidates who are admitted to these programs must have completed prerequisite courses and experiences in education at the undergraduate level.

The Master of Education with a concentration in secondary education degree is an advanced preparation program designed to provide advanced preparation for teachers and other school personnel who are already eligible for or hold initial teaching licenses.

The M.Ed. program in secondary education is not accepting new students at this time.

Program Mission and Outcomes
The mission of the secondary education programs is to prepare teachers who are reflective decision makers. Teachers who are reflective decision makers are able to choose from among known educational alternatives to maximize student learning in a variety of instructional situations.

These school professionals will:

Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Education,
5th Year Format (Grades 6-12)

This program is intended for JMU candidates continuing from the undergraduate pre-professional secondary education program.

Program Mission
The secondary education Master of Arts in Teaching degree emphasizes the preparation of effective and reflective teachers who are knowledgeable in the content they are preparing to teach and cognizant of the characteristics of adolescents, 12-18. The licensure areas for which individuals are prepared include English, foreign language (PreK-12), mathematics, natural sciences (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics), and history and social sciences (includes licensure to teach history, economics, geography and political science).
Undergraduate candidates and post-baccalaureate candidates planning to teach at the secondary level (grades 6-12) should consult with a secondary education adviser to ensure completion of the required prerequisites. Candidates should come to the departmental office in 3200 Memorial Hall to be assigned a secondary education adviser. A specific arts and sciences major or equivalent course work and experiences may be required for admission to some programs of the M.A.T. and for licensure to teach in certain disciplines and grade levels. Candidates should check with their adviser frequently to be apprised of changes in the offerings and requirements listed that may affect them.

The fifth-year licensure programs build on the extensive foundational course work and experiences candidates have completed in their undergraduate programs. Candidates will have completed the prescribed course work to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed for successful completion of the M.A.T.

Candidates interested in the requirements for the M.A.T. program in physical and health education (PreK-12) should refer to the description for that program in the Department of Kinesiology.

The secondary education Master of Arts in Teaching prepares individuals for initial licensure to teach students of grades 6 through 12, in all the fields listed below except foreign language. Foreign language licensure is grades PreK-12.

Program Description
The secondary education Master of Arts in Teaching degree is designed to enable candidates to develop a strong professional education on a foundation of undergraduate preparation in General Education, an appropriate major and introductory professional education experiences.

Although individual candidate's programs of study will vary depending upon major and licensure area, the following represents the breakdown of the required credits in a typical program of study.

The program of study for secondary education is as follows:

Secondary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Undergraduate Program of Study

Undergraduate Prerequisites
Credit Hours
General Education
41-44
Major Field of Study
36-60
Undergraduate Pre-professional Studies
22-24

Minimum requirement is 120 credit hours.

Undergraduate Requirements
Undergraduate candidates in the secondary education pre-professional program must complete an arts and sciences major or the equivalent in a specific discipline related to the teacher licensure area of intent. Majors related to approved licensure areas at JMU include biology, chemistry, English, foreign languages, geology, history or political science, mathematics and physics. Candidates with majors in history or political science must also complete course work in the interdisciplinary social science minor. Students must receive grades of "C-" or better in all academic major content courses and secondary education pre-professional course work.

Secondary Education Master of Arts in Teaching
Degree Requirements
Undergraduate Prerequisites

Second Year
Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
MSSE 101. Introduction to the Profession (optional)
2
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education
3

6-8
   
Third and Fourth Years
Credit Hours
EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society
3
MSSE 370. General Instructional Methods for Grades 6-12
3
MSSE 371. Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education
1
     (EDUC 310, MSSE 370, and MSSE 371 are corequisites)
MSSE 470. Content Methods for the Middle School
3
MSSE 471. Field Experience in the Middle School
3
READ 440. Literacy-Based Learning in Secondary Education
3
     (MSSE 470, MSSE 471 and READ 440 are corequisites)

 
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Graduate Course Requirements
Credit Hours
MSSE 607. Middle and Secondary School Curriculum and
3
     Co-curriculum
MSSE 625. Assessment in Secondary Education
3
EDUC 540. Educational Technology
3
EXED 512. Behavior Management in the Classroom
3
     (It is preferred that the four courses above be completed prior      to taking the following courses.)
MSSE 630. Inquiry in the Classroom
3
EXED 520. Differentiation of Instruction and Academic      Collaboration
3
MSSE 570. Content Methods Course for High School1
3
MSSE 571. Content Area Field Experience in High School
3
     (MSSE 570 and MSSE 571 are corequisites)
3
MSSE 675. Internship in Middle and Secondary Education1
8
MSSE 650. Internship Seminar
3
     (MSSE 675 and MSSE 650 are corequisites)

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1 Candidates pursuing a Foreign Language teaching license take EDUC 675M and EDUC 675S, Internship in Foreign Language.

The Post-Baccalaureate Entry Option
This program is for candidates who hold a bachelor's and/or master's degree in an appropriate academic content area and wish to be licensed to teach in that area.

Additional Admission Criteria
Candidates admitted to this program of study are expected to have completed an arts and sciences undergraduate major from an accredited college or university with a 2.7 grade-point average or above (on a 4.0 scale). Candidates are required to provide transcript evidence that they have completed liberal studies and specialty area courses comparable in content and total hours to those expected of an undergraduate major. Those applicants not having such course work will be required to complete any specifically required undergraduate-level general education and/or subject matter content courses under terms of provisional admission to graduate study as a degree-seeking candidate.

Candidates must also apply for and be admitted to teacher education at JMU. Candidates must initiate their application by contacting the JMU Education Support Center. Criteria for admission are described in the undergraduate catalog, available online at http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/. Candidates must also take the GREs and meet all requirements of admission to graduate school. Candidates must also submit passing Praxis II scores to the JMU Education Support Center prior to enrolling in MAT graduate course work.

Master of Education with a Concentration in Secondary Education (6-12)
This program is for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree in an approved academic subject area, are licensed to teach and wish to pursue advanced study in secondary education. This is not a licensure program. Candidates must already hold or meet eligibility requirements for a teacher license to pursue this degree.
The M.Ed. program in secondary education is not accepting new students at this time.

Master of Education in Mathematics Degree
For more information, see the Master of Education in mathematics section.

Graduation
All requirements for the degree must be completed by the coursework completion degree is conferred to receive a diploma dated the day of graduation. See EXED. Applications for graduation should be completed early in the term in which the candidate plans to graduate. Candidates who will satisfy all degree requirements in the summer may participate in the spring commencement ceremony if they have completed an Application for Graduation form signed by their adviser and program coordinator, and they must be pre-registered for summer classes prior to the May commencement ceremony. Candidates must be enrolled during the semester in which the degree is to be conferred. It should be noted that applicants actually graduate and receive their degrees only when all requirements are satisfied. Candidates who do not satisfy all requirements for graduation will be notified of deficiencies and must need to re-apply for a later graduation date.

Course Offerings

Middle Education
MIED 501. Workshop in Middle Education. 1-3 credits.
Designed to provide students with workshop experiences related to current needs evident in middle education. The topics considered will be determined by interest and demand. No more than six credit hours earned in workshops in education can be applied to a major program.

MIED 530. Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle Grades.
3 credits.
Individual and group study of content, methodology and instructional materials necessary to the design and implementation of instructional programs in modern mathematics. Attention is given to differentiation of instruction in terms of learning ability.

MIED 610. Collaborative Leadership in Schools. 3 credits.
Designed to provide students with research, theories and practices regarding teacher leadership and collaboration in school contexts and methods for addressing school-based improvement efforts and processes. Specific attention is given to collaboration and leadership toward community involvement and communication in middle schools.

MIED 620. Assessment In Middle Education.
3 credits.
The course is designed to help teacher education candidates develop competencies for designing and utilizing effective assessment strategies for determining student performance and progress in a variety of instructional situations and for making a range of instructional decisions, including how to integrate the curriculum to best serve middle school students' needs. Prerequisites: MSSE 370, Admission to the M.A.T. program in Middle Education.

MIED 656. Seminar in Middle Education. 3 credits.
An intensive study of selected problems in middle education. Research findings are reviewed and educational theory is explored.

MIED 680. Reading and Research. 3 credits.
Directed reading and research in areas of student interest. Reading and research may be done only in the major field of study. A plan for study must be submitted in prescribed form and approved prior to registration for the course. Prerequisites: Written permission of adviser and program coordinator.

Middle and Secondary Education
MSSE 570 (E, H, M, or S) Content Methods Course for High School. 3 credits.
Research findings about teaching in the content area will be used to identify the most effective instructional strategies for teaching that content to students in grades 9-12. Emphasis will be on developing plans for employing the strategies and making appropriate instructional decisions based on instructional goals, the learner and available resources. Prerequisites: MSSE 470, MSSE 471, READ 440, admission to teacher education, and admission to the M.A.T. program. Corequisite: MSSE 571.
E. English Teaching Methods, Grades 9-12. 3 credits.
H. Social Studies Teaching Methods, Grades 9-12. 3 credits.
M. Mathematics Teaching Methods, Grades 9-12. 3 credits.
S. Natural Sciences Teaching Methods, Grades 9-12. 3 credits.

MSSE 570F. Methods of Language Teaching. 3 credits.
Research findings about language teaching will be used to identify the most effective instructional strategies for teaching languages to students in grades preK-12. Emphasis will be on developing plans for employing the strategies and making appropriate instructional decisions based on instructional goals, the learner, and available resources. Prerequisites: MSSE 370, admission to Teacher Education and admission to the M.A.T. program for Fifth year M.A.T. foreign language students; ESL minors should have completed EDUC 422, EDUC 425 and EDUC 428. Corequisite: MSSE 571F for Fifth year M.A.T. foreign language students.

MSSE 571 (E, H, M, S). Content Area Field Experience in High School.
3 credits.
Provides practical classroom experience for teacher education candidates in the secondary education programs under the supervision of an in-service teacher and a clinical professor. Students engage in classroom activities that provide an opportunity for them to practice the strategies and concepts learned in the methods courses. Prerequisites: MSSE 470, MSSE 471, READ 440.
E. Field experience in High School English, Practicum III. 3 credits.
H. Field Experience in High School Social Studies, Practicum III. 3 credits.
M. Field Experience in High School Mathematics, Practicum III. 3 credits.
S. Field Experience in High School Natural Science, Practicum III. 3 credits.

MSSE 571F. Field Experience in Foreign Language, Practicum III. 3 credits.
Provides practical classroom experience in elementary, middle and high school settings to middle and secondary foreign language students under the supervision of an in-service teacher and a clinical professor. Students engage in classroom activities that provide an opportunity for them to practice the strategies and concepts learned in the methods courses.

MSSE 607. Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Co-Curriculum. 3 credits.
The course is designed to help prospective teachers develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for their role in curriculum development and delivery in a diverse school and classroom environment. Prerequisites: MSSE 370, admission to teacher education, and admission to the M.A.T. program.

MSSE 625. Assessment in Secondary Education. 3 credits.
This course is designed to prepare prospective teachers to create and evaluate both formal and informal assessment strategies. Candidates will construct instruments ranging from formative learning checks to summative tests and projects/rubrics. Candidates will also learn to analyze assessment results in order to gauge student progress and adjust instruction appropriately. Prerequisites: MSSE 370, Admission to Teacher Education and the M.A.T. program.

MSSE 630. Inquiry in the Classroom. 3 credits.
Skills, methods, insights and understandings which will enable the beginning teacher to become an intelligent and critical consumer of educational inquiry and a productive participant in the process of classroom-based inquiry. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education and the M.A.T. program.

MSSE 631. Inquiry Seminar. 1 credit.
The course is designed to provide technical support and feedback for prospective teachers to successfully complete a classroom based inquiry project during their student teaching experience. Students will be graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisites: MSSE 630, admission to the M.A.T. program, and admission to student teaching.

MSSE 650. Internship Seminar. 3 credits.
A seminar designed to promote reflective decision making among teacher candidates during their internship experience. During seminar sessions teacher candidates will engage in case analysis and Teacher Work Sample development. Corequisite: MSSE 690 for middle education students or MSSE 675 for secondary education students.

MSSE 675. Internship in Middle and Secondary Education. 4 credits.
Participants will experience the full range of conditions and tasks expected of a teacher for students in grades 6-12. They will be expected to develop and demonstrate competencies in teaching with the supervision and support of experienced teachers. Students must register for two eight-week blocks during the same semester for a total of eight credits. Students will receive a grade of "S" for satisfactory performance or "U" for unsatisfactory performance. Corequisite: MSSE 650.

MSSE 680. Applied Research in Middle and Secondary Education. 3 credits.
Provides students with the resources, skills, and knowledge required to conduct an individualized classroom-based inquiry project as a capstone activity in the M.A. T. program. Prerequisite: MSSE 630.

MSSE 690. Internship in Middle Education. 4 credits.
Participants will experience the full range of conditions and tasks expected of a teacher for students in grades 6-8. They will be expected to develop and demonstrate competencies in teaching with the supervision and support of experienced teachers. Students must register for two eight-week blocks during the same semester for a total of eight credits. Students will receive a grade of "S" for satisfactory performance or "U" for unsatisfactory performance. Intended for middle education minors. Corequisite: MSSE 650.

Secondary Education
SEED 600. Secondary Education in America: Past, Present and Future.
3 credits.
The changing face of the American secondary school will be studied and attention will be given to many of the philosophical, social, cultural, demographic and other factors impacting those changes. Emphasis will be placed on problems, current trends and future perspectives. Prerequisite: EDUC 620.

SEED 660. Instructional Development in the Secondary School. 3 credits.
Effective teaching techniques and innovative forms of organization and instruction in secondary education will be studied. Emphasis will be on teaching strategies and behaviors and materials selection for serving secondary school students. Prerequisite: An instructional methods course.

SEED 680. Reading and Research. 1-3 credits.
Opportunities for directed reading and research in secondary English, foreign language, mathematics, science and/or social studies. Prerequisites: EDUC 630 or equivalent and written permission of the adviser and program coordinator.

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